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Hey folks,<br><br>
I have a bad tendency to not do enough drills during my swim workouts, partly due to not liking them, partly due to not knowing enough of them.<br><br>
The ones I presently do are:<br><br>
- swimming with fists (to learn to pull with forearms and feel the water)<br>
- pull-buoy, but I'm finding this more annoying rather than helpful since I think I swim faster now without<br>
- zipper<br>
- kick<br>
- swim on side<br>
- sprint intervals<br><br>
I know there's a whole slew of other ones so please let me know what you do or how you do some of the ones I already do (sets, distance, etc.). Honestly, I'm just kinda winging everything hoping they make me a better swimmer ... <img alt="uhoh2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/uhoh2.gif"><br><br>
Thanks y'all!<br><br>
Sally <img alt="roll_eyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/roll_eyes.gif">
 

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You can go here to get some ideas:<br><br><a href="http://www.goswim.tv/" target="_blank">http://www.goswim.tv/</a><br><br>
We do a lot of one arm, fist, catch up, zipper, distance per stroke,.....We usually do anywhere from 4-8 x 50's as part of a warm up and sometimes cool down.
 

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I do a lot of one-arm (usually 6 right, 6 left, finish regular per length), catch-up, and fingertip drills.<br>
Kick on side, kick on back, distance per stroke.<br>
I also do this weird underwater recovery dog paddle drill to work on my catch.<br><br>
I need to work in some more sculling.
 

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I do a fingertip drill that has really helped me stay relaxed in the water. I also do kick front, side, back and am working on the 'stun gun' one from go swim. It's a pause at the high elbow position. And more pull buoy than any sane person should.<br><br>
Never did any drills last year...lots of drills this year and vastly improved in the pool-just hope it translates to OW.
 

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I'm bumping this as I need some help before tonight's swim ...<br><br>
Thanks! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
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I usually just swim. I make up sets to do - ladder or pyramid or something to help me keep focused on getting in the yardage. But I rarely do "drills" anymore. Maybe because of so many years of swim team practice. Maybe because I'm too self conscious of looking like some freak in the pool. Maybe because in a tri, all I need to do is cover the distance. Who knows.<br><br>
I just swim.
 

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COCarrie, could you give me some examples of what you do for ladder and pyramid?<br><br>
What are fingertip drills? How do you swim with one arm, and what is this for?<br><br>
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Ladder is when you increase the distance for each set:<br><br>
1 x 500 , 2 x 400, 3 x 300, 4 x 200, 5 x 100 for total 3500 OR<br>
1 x 250 , 2 x 200, 3 x 150, 4 x 100, 5 x 50 for total 1750<br><br>
Pyramid is just simple build up and back down:<br>
50, 100, 150, 200, 300, 500, 300, 200, 150, 100, 50 for total 2100<br><br>
Those are probably the most common ones I do. I play with the ladder based on how much time I have. Usually just write it down and put it around my water bottle with a rubber band.<br><br>
I know I should probably do more drills and try to work on speed and pacing so maybe I should think more about my "just swim" approach.
 

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COcarrie: Thanks, I tried that ladder workout, but only got up to 1700 m before I got kicked out of the pool at closing. What kind of breaks do you take between sets, and between reps?<br><br>
And for the pyramid?<br><br>
Sally
 

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CRLF 100s. 25 Catch-up (to reinforce front quadrant), 25 right arm only, 25 left arm only, 25 free putting it all together. For catch-up, see:<br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Si6VeAfluQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Si6VeAfluQ</a>
 

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Fingertip drills are trailing your fingertips on the surface of the water during recovery, emphasizes high elbow position.<br><br><a href="http://video.aol.com/video-detail/drill-5-finger-tip-drag/1305881576" target="_blank">http://video.aol.com/video-detail/dr...rag/1305881576</a><br><br>
One armed drills reinforce my weak side and help with bilateral breathing.
 

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For the ladder, I usually do something like this:<br>
1 x 250 (30 sec) 250<br>
2 x 200 (30 sec) 400<br>
3 x 150 (25 sec) 450<br>
4 x 100 (20 sec) 400<br>
5 x 50 (10 sec) 250<br>
total 1750<br><br>
on the pyramid it's like this:<br>
50 (5 sec)<br>
100 (10 sec)<br>
150 (15 sec)<br>
200 (20 sec)<br>
300 (25 sec)<br>
500 (30 sec)<br>
300 (25 sec)<br>
200 (20 sec)<br>
150 (15 sec)<br>
100 (10 sec)<br>
50 (5 sec)<br>
total 2100<br><br>
Hope that helps.
 
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